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Small & Intimate Backyard Wedding in Henderson, Tennessee

You already know how much I LOVE intimate weddings where couples do whatever the heck they want, and Sean & Madison were the perfect example of that. They had a small, backyard wedding at Sean’s parent’s house and we did the cutest couples session at Big Hill Pond State Park the day before!! I’m such a huge advocate for having a day before/after sessions to get even more epic photos of you want your partner. Let this be your sign to do so!!

The type of couples that I vibe with the most are the ones who are all about being true to themselves on the biggest day of their lives. Madison and Sean mentioned how they didn’t want a wedding where they’d spend 2 hours thanking people for being there and not even being able to spend quality time with their friends and family. They wanted a wedding that was focused on intimacy and celebrating THEM, not catering to a million guests. So that’s how the backyard wedding came about!

They decided to celebrate on the upper deck of Sean’s parent’s house, which ended up being the perfect place for their loved ones to gather and commemorate their marriage. They were able to freeze such a special moment in time because they weren’t worried about all the silly nuances that come along with a giant wedding. Madison and Sean have overcome so many separate hardships even prior to meeting each other, so celebrating not just their love story, but their individual struggles that brought them together was a must on their big day.

They planned their Tennessee backyard wedding relatively quickly (within just a few months – yes, it can be done!) and wanted everything to just be super personal to them. Isn’t that what weddings should be all about? Sean’s mom spent the time leading up to their day getting the house ready for company and making sure every detail was perfect, yet still homey. Shout out to mom for making it happen!

Need an intimate wedding photographer for your big day?

Whether you’re having an intimate backyard wedding or eloping at Acadia National Park, I’m ready for you! I love helping couples plan their day however the heck they want. To get in touch with me, you can visit my contact form and inquire there! In the meantime, check out my master blog post breaking down all the details on How to Elope here.

Day-Before Couples Session at Big Hill Pond State Park

Intimate Backyard Wedding in Henderson, Tennessee


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